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For more than a decade, attackers have used distributed denial of service attacks to disrupt their victims’ operations, often taking organizations completely offline. The motivations behind these attacks include notoriety, competitive advantage, cyber warfare, terrorism, hacktivism and/or extortion. Bandwidth- or resource-saturating DDoS attacks are effective, but today they are not the most common type of DDoS attack. Researchers are beginning to see a new motivation for the attacks they observe.

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